There is indeed a huge nervousness and defensiveness within the Muslim community and some of this comes out in hugely inappropriate and ill-considered remarks. Rather than being holier than thou from a distance, though, we need to recognise the Christian tendency to denial (”those Christians that let off bombs in Northern Ireland in the 1970’s were not really Christians, were they?” “those church leaders who engineered the Rwandan genocide couldn’t possibly have experienced the work of the Holy Spirit”) too. And as Christians, be authentic neighbours, in humility, helping Muslims we know to a place of newness and maturity in this moment. … This is NOT about saying we’re all on the same path and that our religions are the same. It’s about peace-making and Jesus ethics with integrity.
Amen! to that.